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Aquatic Microbial Ecology

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Photographs of epifluorescence microscopy of an environmental sample showing filaments of marine fungus (left above), and of confocal microscopy of strains of marine fungi (left below, right). Photos: (Department of Oceanography, University of Concepción, Chile)

Gutiérrez MH, Vera J, Srain B, Quiñones RA, Wörmer L, Hinrichs KU, Pantoja-Gutiérrez S


Biochemical fingerprints of marine fungi: implications for trophic and biogeochemical studies


Marine fungi have a distinctive pattern of lipids and proteins, and their elemental composition is consistent with a marine source and heterotrophic uptake of phytoplankton-derived organic matter. The biochemical signature of marine-derived fungi suggests a role in pelagic food webs and element cycling in the ocean.


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